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Leonnesia Herd

Divorce and separation Attorney at Surprise, AZ

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Nisa Herd

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About Leonnesia

Learn Leonnesia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    10 years

  2. Child custody
    Establish, modify, or enforce.

    10 years

  3. Child support
    Establish, modify, enforce, or terminate.

    10 years

If you're looking for a long-term solution to your war, and not simply looking to win a single battle, you've found your family law attorney.  My conflict resolution strategies get results.  Many people search for "aggressive" family law attorneys, not realizing that there is a better way.  I continute to be successful against even the most seasoned attorneys because my approach is "refreshing" to most judges. Gone are the days of attorneys duking it out in court like you see on television; and most attorneys' failure to recognize that simple fact helps me be successful for my clients.   


I recognize that each situation is different and therefore, I work with clients to formulate a unique strategy for their case.  Looking toward long-term resolution for current issues and anticipating future issues also saves many clients money because many issues are dealt with simultaneously at one cost.


Having gone through divorce myself with two children, I understand the frustration of working with the other spouse/parent and how daunting the court process can be.  My personal experience makes me patient and eager to give each client individual attention.


Prior to being an attorney, I managed another law office for 7 years and worked part-time as a paralegal in that same office.  Before joining the legal field, I worked as an insurance claims representative for more than 10 years.  My extensive work history in both fields has given me valuable experience in conflict resolution and negotiation, and has taught me how to be aggressive in necessary situations.


Licensed for 10 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Leonnesia

Legal Resolutions PC
Virtual Office Only due to COVID-19
Surprise, AZ, 85378


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
If you want a realistic, hard-working, and outstanding litigator as your attorney. Look no further.
Posted by Patricia | November 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Ethical, Completely Honest, Trustworthy, Always in Charge
Regarding our case in which MS Herd thoroughly and admirably defended us. She is a highly honorable champion, in our opinion. In working with her, we experienced that she has integrity, highly experienced in the law, she’s quick to react, great personality, and she instills trust. She handled both our cases in court, and won both.
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Posted by Briana | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have been meaning to write a review here for a while now. I hired Nisa not long ago to handle a bit of a complex case, and I've gotta say I'm monumentally impressed with her performance, ethics, and passion for what she does. She is proactive, and blows me away with her quick responses and solutions for curve balls. When things come our way unexpectedly she is so quick with an answer and solution, it makes my head spin. One thing that I greatly value and respect about her is her honesty- she may not always tell you what you want to hear, but you can trust she will ALWAYS tell you what's best for you and your case, she will always steer you right. She's passionate, ethical, a true to her clients which to be honest, is very rare to find in her field. She also is very careful with where and how your money is spent, and she's not a nickel-and-dimer, which helps greatly, especially with how much money court cases demand and require. Another thing I'd like to note is that she's very easy to contact when you need her, and efficient with time. She keeps you up to date, and stays in frequent contact. She also strives to maintain a peaceful resolve if at all possible, and does her best to keep the parties amicable even when agreeing on ANYTHING seems grim, her goal is to bring people/parents together, and help you to see the true best interests of your children, which is a phenomenal quality. I just don't have enough words to express how wonderful this woman is. If you're dealing with a divorce, or family case- she's definitely a go-to attorney that you can TRUST. Our case isn't even near being concluded, but I trust in her to get us to our ideal end goal. Thank you so much, Nisa! For all you've done, and continue to do!
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Posted by Carolyn | June 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, genuine and knowledgeable
We sought out Ms. Herd's expertise in a child custody case that had gone all wrong. Within minutes of us explaining to her what had occurred she advised us flawlessly in every aspect of our legal ability. She was genuinely concerned for the situation and the children. If you hire Ms. Herd she will leave no stone unturned and will be honest all the way around which is best for the children. I highly recommend her to handle one of the most precious gifts in our lives, the well being of our children.
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Posted by Dedrick | May 14, 2015
Great Lawyer
Nisa is very great at what she does. She defended me in a false restraining order against my ex-wife that was trying to keep my car from me. The judge was able see through the false accusations and the oop was dropped. Had it not been for Nisa 's brilliance I don't know what would have happened.
Posted by Gary | May 7, 2015
Gary and Donna Hansen
"Nisa" defended my wife and me in a neighborhood legal dispute. She won the case for us. We couldn't be happier with Nisa. In our opinions, she is: Knowledgeable, Smart, Accessible, and kept us informed. We will recommend Nisa to everyone......Plus....she is really, really pretty.... Sorry Nisa, this old fool has to tell the truth.
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Posted by Stu and Nicki | February 16, 2015
Great young lawyer
We were referred to Nisa by another attorney, but she turned out to be quite a find. At first we had a couple difficulties And didn't think we could go on with her as what we had in mind was conflicting with her thoughts. However, after deciding to stay she has come through for us as an extremely competent and trustworthy attorney. She returns our calls promptly and answers all our questions very well. Sometimes doesn't tell us what we want to hear, but then she tells us facts and sometimes the passion we have for our case clouds our minds. Overall, Nisa is a great young attorney with a very bright future and we will definitely employ her again if we need too.
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Posted by Colby | February 5, 2015
Very professional.
Completely professional experience with Nisa. Worked with my financial issues and time schedule due to constant hour changes at work. Very knowledgable and answered all of my questions in a timely manner and got the job done. Would recommend 10 out of 10 times to anyone looking for a down to earth and hard working lawyer who is easy to talk to and can explain things.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2015
Nisa has been extremely helpful. I am very happy with the legal assistance I have received. For several years in family court I have been represented by a couple of attorneys and I also represented myself. However, I continued to be frustrated with the outcomes of my case. And it always felt like I was going up against a brick wall as a single father. But Nisa has turned my experience completely around!!! I wish I had her as my attorney years ago! It has been such a relief to find someone who actually shows they care about the children involved.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst attorney in the world….
If you want your attorney to defend your ex while you are the one paying her she’s the one to go to. This lady doesn’t listen to you, cuts you off mid sentence, I had to stop breast feeding my 3 months old because she said it wasn’t an excuse for the father not to take a newborn baby overnight. From the beginning she made it clear she didn’t want a middle man when it came to paying her since I found her through Marble. I guess she wanted me to pay her directly. Either way after the court day I haven’t heard anything from her is like she disappeared.
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Response from Leonnesia Herd August 23, 2022
I was contracted with a firm for about six months to provide limited scope services. Meaning clients hired attorneys to complete certain services. It was not a full service law firm. Unfortunately, that meant that I was unable to provide services other than what I was specifically contracted to perform. Many people found the concept difficult to understand and were really seeking a full-service law firm. However, that is not what most clients signed up for. I never requested payment directly from any clients, I simply explained the role of the firm and my role as co-counsel for the firm. I had to terminate my contract with the firm for many reasons and I notified all clients at the time so they understood that they would not be able to contract with me for any additional services if needed. I am upfront and honest in my practice of law and I sometimes have to tell people what will likely happen in court and sometimes it's simply not what they want to hear. I make suggestions, not demands of my clients. It's unfortunate that such a big misunderstanding occurred and that I obviously was not the right fit for the client. I was one of the most highly rated attorneys with the firm. Any unsatisfied clients were always able to request to work with another attorney. Although I am unable to comment on details on any specific case, it should be known that there is much more to the story and there are two sides to every story.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Legal Resolutions PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Herd Legal, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Office Manager/Paralegal
  • Herd Legal
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Claims Representative
  • Insurance Companies
  • 1998 - 2009
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  • Phoenix School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Arizona Friends of Foster Care Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Care Foundation
  • Volunteer
  • 2021 - Present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • Volunteer
  • 2019 - Present
  • UTSA
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dysart School District
  • Volunteer
  • 2011 - Present
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Volunteer
  • 2011 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CASA Volunteer Honoree
  • Phoenix Mercury
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • CODY
  • How Foster Children Can Take Control of Their Futures
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (9)
Endorse Leonnesia
Litigation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nisa is a highly proficient and skilled attorney. I HIGHLY recommend!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leonnesia Herd will fight for her clients. She is compassionate and will make sure she puts you in the best position possible. She is knowledgable, hard working and qualified to handle any family law issue. Call her now because you want her on your side."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse Ms. Herd. She vigorously advocates for her clients without any of the hostility or unreasonableness that unnecessarily complicates family law cases. If you need a family lawyer, she's a great choice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Herd is a fantastic attorney who is passionate about her craft. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nisa and I went to law school together and she was then, and continues to be, a passionate, knowledgeable, caring family law attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Herd is the type of attorney that you can trust to get the job done right every time."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known and litigated cases against Nisa for several years. I endorse Nisa not only because she is bright, personable and knowledgeable regarding the law but Nisa effectively represents her client's interests in an honorable and professional manner which I greatly respect."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is committed to her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nisa is a fantastic lawyer. She is knowledgeable about the law and is aggressive about obtaining a positive result for her clients. I would not hesitate to hire Nisa for a case I needed help with."
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